82 White Flags on the Lawn at St. Patrick’s Honor COVID Deaths

On Thursday morning, 82 white flags were planted on the lawn outside Providence St. Patrick Hospital to honor the patients who have died from COVID 19.

Chief Mission Officer Karen Myers spoke to KGVO News and said Providence staff members stood with bowed heads for 82 seconds of silence.

“We invited all of our staff to come out to the front lawn, which is along Broadway and McCormick and we invited all of the people who cared directly for the COVID patients who died to come forward and we placed the white flags in the ground representing every life lost,” said Myers. “It was very moving and very touching, and then we had 82 seconds of silence representing each one of those lives.”

Myers said as many staff members as possible attended the ceremony.

“It is a rather busy full day for us, so some of the staff was not able to break away as we have patients currently that we’re caring for,” she said. “We will keep those flags in the ground for over the next week, and we will share photos and the story, and have been sharing the story of what we were going to do with every one of our

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